Representing the Working Class in Northern Ireland

By Ciara McAllister- In April this year, as tensions rose in unionist communities over Brexit and policing, images of violence in Belfast flooded our newsfeeds. I was struck by a number of views and responses that I saw repeated by various political, academic and community commentators. On Twitter, the unrest was presented in three ways:... Continue Reading →

‘Sharing Responsibility’ and the future of Northern Ireland

By Tony Novosel - In the 1978 comedy Animal House, a group of students embark on a drunken road trip in a fellow student’s car. The result? A totalled car and a very distraught student. Seemingly to comfort him, one of the older students puts his arm around him and then calmly says, “C’mon Flounder. You can’t... Continue Reading →

In a Little World of their Own?

By Aaron Edwards – In his In a Little World of our Own Northern Irish playwright Gary Mitchell takes us on a journey inside the dark heart of paramilitary loyalism. One of the key protagonists, Ray, describes how he became active in the Ulster Defence Association. ‘When you started and when I started we didn’t... Continue Reading →

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